Tim... You and I had the same procedure...mine 3 weeks ago. I can totally relate to the feeling of "being older". I, too, am loving this weather and get outside as much as I can. We will get there...let's make we do this recovery only once!
I'm so happy for you that you can drive, and that they lightened up on some of the meds - I know those are big ones to you. I know you aren't thrilled with your routine, but I am so impressed with all you can do at this stage after all that you have been through! You rock!
Your recovery routine is very similar to what mine was, except I think I wore more pants. Anyway, keep up the good work, don't take any short cuts, follow the rules as you doing, and you will feel significantly better each week.
Tim - it will get better and better. (Easy for ME to say!!) Everyone says that in spite of how badly they wanted to go home, they experience a set back once they get there. We'll look forward to hearing more from you whenever you are ready.
So glad the pace of your recovery has quickened. Keep up the hard work. You'll be back at home in no time! Soon your biggest struggles will be refaining from doing too much rather than being able to do so little.
Hey there, "old friend". I think about you everyday and I'm glad you're doing well, if not a little frustrated. (understatement) Hang in there. You have the best cheerleader by your side. Give her a hug and kiss for me :)
WoW! Yes. Much frustration and anger felt here, too. What I will add to the big picture is that once Tim is past this big hump, he will move on to the task of healing with gusto. This opportunity to realize how strong you both are is something you will always have and will serve you well in the future. Tim, me, Keith and Galen are cheering for you!
Sorry to hear about the further delays. Amy, do you have another support person there with you? I know it was very helpful to me when Tony and Aubrey were hospitalized if I had someone available to sit in the room while I went out. Of course, I also needed a second person to come and drag my butt away. If you need either of these people to come and assist, either sitting with Tim or forcing you to take a break, I will make myself available. Just say the word.
Much love to you both, and I'm sending my energies to your surgeon today. May his first surgery be swift and uneventful, so that you may have your turn. And my you get the closure you surely deserve.
We are so glad to hear about each little progressive step on the road to recovery! You are all so brave and strong (physically, mentally, spiritually). We are thinking a lot about you and trying to stay positive. Lots of love and warm wishes! Love, Carrie, Tom, and Bianca
It's (healing and recovery) all about baby steps. Take one day, one hour at a time and celebrate the small accomplishments. This can be difficult in our day and time when we want everything instantaneously.
Hi Tim, best of luck tomorrow. I had my AVR and aneurysm of my ascending aorta grafted on May 10th. All ok so far. My story and journal at
Take care.... Eric.
I have been thinking a lot about you. We are currently learning about Aortic Valve Stenosis in my echocardiology class. I talked with my teacher, privately, about your upcoming surgery and would like to share some words of comfort from someone who has worked in the field for 25+ years...The things she stressed most were 1) The cardiac surgeons at Danville are great! You're in good hands :) 2) Since you (and your <3) are otherwise healthy with the exception of the stenotic valve, you won't believe how much of a difference the new valve makes in terms of how you feel. She said that since the valve has slowly become more stenotic and you have gradually started to have symptoms, there will be a drastic (positive) change with your new valve:) She also said that usually the worst part is dealing with grogginess from medications after the surgery. Hope these tid-bits are somewhat reassuring...probably stuff you've already heard, however, it's nice to hear from different sources :)
Looking forward to seeing you and hearing about how much better you feel post-surgery :)
We'll be thinking about you tomorrow!
We're your cheering team and will be pulling for everything to go as smoothly as possible and a speedy speedy recovery. Don't forget to let us know what TV series on DVD you might want to borrow! We know you just got cable, but... ;)
Hi Tim. You're story sounds a lot like mine. I had a mechanical aorta valve installed and an aneurism fixed June 30. I just had my 6 week check-up and am feeling fine.
You'll hear this many times here (and it's so true)--the pre-surgery stress is the worst part. Once you realize you're going under the knife, it feels out of control. Remember that modern science and the skill of your surgeon are on your side.
I'll be following your entries and I look forward to hearing about your successful journey.
I'm curious what kind of symtoms accompanied your aneurisum and what it measured. I have severe aortic stenosis and they are going to get measurements of my aortic root Mon to see if that is the reason I've had this sudden persistant cough and severe shortness of breath. Any info is much appreciated.
I love you, Timothy. We will get through this one day at a time. You are brave, and have an amazing, kind and loving heart. Right now, we just need to fix a few parts. This is just one season in your life. Looking forward to many, many, many more. XO-Amy